Blantyre-based businessman, Davie Kamwathendo has dragged to court Mzimba Central People’s Party (PP) Parliamentarian, Joseph Mavuto Kachali for failing to settle a debt of K230, 000.
Lawsuit filed at Blantyre Magistrates Court indicates that Kachali owes the businessman K230, 000 as an outstanding balance of a vehicle he bought in July last year.
According to Kamwathendo, Kachali bought a second-hand Volkswagen (VW) Bora registration number LA 2862 from him on July 28th, 2013 at K700,000 and only paid K470,000 since then.
Kamwathendo told Nyasa Times that he was prompted to file the lawsuit, after being advised by Blantyre Police where he had gone to seek help to reclaim his money from the Parliamentarian, who has been playing hide-and-seek on the matter.
“I just want my money that is all. Since last year, he has been playing games. And on 23rd of March this year, he gave me a cheque of K100, 000 which bounced at the bank. He doesn’t pick my calls anymore, and when I call him using a different number, he usually says is in a meeting and will call back, but never do. I have lost my patience,” said Kamwathendo.
In an interview, Kachali said has not received the lawsuit yet but confirmed the outstanding debt, which he said was failing to sort out due to financial constraints.
He was, however, quick to dismiss the claimed figure, arguing “His money is K80, 000, that’s what I know. I am currently not financially stable but we agreed, three days ago, that I will sort him on 19th August when I pocket my Parliamentary allowances”.
Kachali said was surprised by the lawsuit, claiming his failure to settle the debt by now was partly due to busy schedule as he is always out in the field on political and work related issues.
“There are no any games played on this matter, and it’s pathetic that the issue has come to this point. The last time he called was in SADC meeting, therefore I could not talk to him; but it’s not that am avoiding his calls. He knows the truth of the matter, maybe the path he has taken will help him to get back the money sooner than was expected”.
But when called later to substantiate Kachali’s claims, Kamwathendo, dismissed the claim that they had agreed to settle the debt by August 19th and that the figure is below as filed at the court.
“I don’t think I would have filed the lawsuit if there was any agreement that I will be sorted out by next week. I have been forced to seek court’s help because he is ignoring my calls, and has been giving me excuses since last year. Apart from the filed amount, I will ask the court to consider compensation because the issue is long overdue and I have spent a lot in trying to reclaim my money,” added Kamwathendo.
Kachali, became a Member of Parliament (MP) last year after winning as independent candidate in by-elections held in two constituencies in Mzimba district last year before joining the ruling PP.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :